Planning, Planning, Planning

Happy 2019! *throws pixie dust* I’m so happy to be back in the steady blogging game! This year, I promise to bring you, what I hope will be, some very entertaining posts.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know that last month brought the completion of my second draft. (Now, this is my full second draft–there were many half drafts before that!)

If you are stopping by for the first time…here’s a warm chocolate-chip cookie gif…

Welcome! I’ve been working on my current novel for two years now. It is a Young Adult Fantasy novel, and I am very happy to report that I am entering the planning stages of the query process.

The Query Process…where to begin? This isn’t my first rodeo, but it is the first time I am tackling this process in a long time. My last attempt at querying agents was in 2014. Five years later, with a YA Fantasy in hand, I am ready to BEGIN!

So, what does that mean exactly? There are tons of books, websites, hashtags, blog posts, and more to help a writer navigate the complicated world of publishing. However, I always begin with an organizational method. It’s how I operate as a human.

I took a poll on Twitter the other day regarding Query Tracker. I used this method of organization the last time I queried, but I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I want to use it. I think creating a custom spreadsheet might be a better fit for me this time around.

With that, I have purchased the latest addition of Writer’s Market: Guide to Literary Agents. I will spend the next few weeks formulating a list of agents in that book and then hunting them down on social media to ensure that they are open to submissions. As I move forward, no doubt adding more columns to my spreadsheet, I will surely refine my process. Right now, I’m just excited about getting started.

You have to begin somewhere, right? I’m happy to start the New Year off this way.

I wish you tons of luck on your 2019 writing goals! Thanks for joining me here today. Tweet me your thoughts @AWritersWay. You can look for a new post next Thursday.

Until next time,

Christine

The Disorganized Writer

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For those of you that know me well, you’ll know that I am an insanely organized person. That doesn’t just include my day to day life, I am usually a very organized writer as well. Due to the personal circumstances that have turned my life upside down, the past two months have been spent exploring what it’s like to be disorganized in every aspect of my life. I wouldn’t say that I’m necessarily choosing to be this way, but I think things can really get tough when you’re going through major life changes. You start to lose yourself in certain ways, and discover parts of yourself that you didn’t know were there.

I half expected my creative brain to shut itself off and go into some kind of deep dark hibernation, but I’m happy to report that it’s still there, alive and kicking. The major difference is, I find myself writing things in a highly disorganized manor. Whether it be quickly jotting down a few notes on a scrap piece of paper, or emailing myself some dialogue while I’m at the store, I’m all over the place.

I want to say that I’m working on a new project, but it’s hard to really define what that project is. It’s definitely an exploration of new territory, I can tell you that much. I’m normally not the type of writer that can write chapters out of order, but I absolutely have been. If someone opened up the most recent documents that I’ve been typing, they probably wouldn’t make sense to them at all. But that’s okay, because they only need to make sense to me. I know that in time I will go back and fit all of the puzzle pieces together in an orderly way.

So tell me, fellow writers…how do you conquer creative disorganization? Do you find yourself writing things out of order, or are you more of the planning type?

Until next time,

Christine

P.S. Brief Query Process Update – Round Three stats: 5 rejection letters, 5 no responses. I’ll be sending out another ten letters ASAP! Fingers crossed.

Breathing & Moving Forward!

IMG_6904 Hey people! (Meant to be said in Michelle Tanner’s voice)

How are you?

I’m doing pretty good. Thanks for asking. =)

So, I figured it was time for an update since my last ACTUAL blog post was a month ago. Sharing links doesn’t count. If I had to describe the past month in one sentence, it would be…

Writer’s block.

Yep. Happens to the best of us! I don’t know if it was the anxiety of waiting for responses from literary agents, or just the fact that I had been writing so much for a long period of time previously. Maybe I needed a break? Who knows? Basically, everything I sat down to write never made it past a page, and I ended up getting very frustrated. Last week however, I did write seven pages of a short story. So that felt very good. I’m not sure if it’s going to actually turn into anything, but I’m trying to not put a lot of pressure on it. I know that I’m having a hard time moving away from the world that my novel takes place in and writing something different. You’re probably thinking, “Just write the sequel Christine!” Well, I stomp my feet at you random stranger. I’m just not ready yet. I don’t feel recharged enough.

Which brings me to my main reason for writing this “Breathing & Moving Forward” post. Due to my overwhelming feelings of claustrophobia I’ve been spending some time near water, which you can see in the pretty pictures. Breathing fresh air and allowing myself to see the bigger picture always makes me feel better. I know in due time, the gears in my head will start operating at full speed again.

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I’ll be sending out another ten query letters this week because the six week mark is today. I ended up getting a total of 4 rejection letters, and 6 “no responses.” I would much rather get 10 rejection letters. I hate not hearing anything, but oh well! I know how important it is to continue moving forward. I’m still grasping onto my positivity as fuel!

Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Christine

My Query Process & Comic Rambles

Quite a long vlog post…but I think it makes up for not posting for 2 months. “My Query Process & Comics Ramble”If you want to watch me talk about my query process watch the first 7 minutes of this post. #writer If you would rather hear me talk about the #comics I’ve been reading. Fast fwd to the 7 min mark & watch from there!